Oregon State University Office of Audit Services
240 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis, OR 97331
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Patricia Snopkowski, Chief Audit Executive
In her role as the chief audit executive for Oregon State University, Patti leads a team of auditors in providing independent, objective assurance and consulting activities designed to improve an organization’s operations. The Office of Audit Services (OAS) brings a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluating and improving the effectiveness of the risk management, control, and governance processes. To ensure independence, the chief audit executive reports administratively to the president and functionally to the Executive and Audit Committee of the OSU Board of Trustees through routine communication practices.
Patti facilitates the university-wide enterprise risk management program for the board and senior leaders. The aim of this program is to evaluate and formulate appropriate mitigation strategies for mission-critical risks present in the Oregon State University environment. The OAS also seeks to continually improve the productivity of the university learning and work environment by promoting ethical practices that reinforce the university’s core values of accountability, diversity, integrity, respect, and social responsibility.
Patti’s audit experience includes serving as chief audit executive for the Oregon University System, as well as audit positions with the Pennsylvania Auditor General’s Office, SAFECO Corporation, the University of Washington, and Cornell University. She is a member of various accounting, auditing, and higher education organizations including the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA), and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) serving as a presenter, in various committees and leadership roles, and as a contributing author. Patti is a recipient of ACUA’s Outstanding Professional Contributions Award recognizing her contributions to the profession of internal auditing in higher education. Patti received her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Pennsylvania State University and her Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University. She is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP), and Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP).
Julee Otter, Senior Audit Manager
As university senior audit manager, Julee is responsible for leading audit engagements at Oregon State University, including planning and conducting audits, and training and developing staff auditors for the performance of audit fieldwork. Julee is also responsible for handling complaints submitted via the OSU Fraud, Waste & Abuse hotline, including leading the investigation process and/or referring the complaint to another, more appropriate area for review and action.
Before joining the Office of Audit Services in August 2014, Julee served as the compliance manager at the University of Texas at San Antonio for nearly seven years. Her other audit experience includes approximately five years as an internal auditor at Purdue University as well as over two years as an audit manager for a large mortgage lending firm.
She is a member of various professional auditing organizations including the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA), and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Julee received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a finance minor from Purdue University. She is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Compliance & Ethics Profession (CCEP), and holds her Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA).
Sam Khan, Senior Information Systems Auditor
Sam joined the Office of Audit Services in June 2014. He is responsible for leading IT audit engagements at Oregon State. As the senior information systems auditor, he helps assess the effectiveness of IT governance and management practices as well as the controls to protect the university’s information assets. Sam is the point of contact for all external IT audits. He is a non-voting member of Oregon State’s IT Security Governance Committee.
Sam is a member of various professional auditing organizations including the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). He serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA), and is the IT committee chair for the Salem Chapter of The Institute of Internal Auditors (The IIA).
Before joining the Office of Audit Services, Sam was an auditor with the Oregon University System Internal Audit Division. Sam received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon and a post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting from Oregon State. Sam is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC).
Lynn Gonzalez, Senior Auditor
Lynn performs detailed audit fieldwork in accordance with Office of Audit Services standards. This includes evaluating and testing the auditee’s system of internal accounting controls. She assists in the annual planning process by gathering information on an auditee’s operations and performing analytical review procedures.
Prior to joining OSU in January 2015, Lynn was a senior program reviewer/auditor at Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation (TG), and a senior business integration consultant. Before that, she was an assistant director of financial aid at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and a lead intake finance counselor at the University of Phoenix, both in San Diego, California. Lynn also has ten years of accounting experience working for a private CPA.
She is a member of various professional auditing organizations, including the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA).
Lynn earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix with a professional certificate in human resource management. She also earned a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in college administration and leadership from Purdue University Global. She is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP).
Will Aurich, Staff Auditor
Will joined the Office of Audit Services in June 2018. He assists in audit planning by obtaining background information on an auditee’s operations and performing analytical review procedures. He performs audit fieldwork and provides input on all stages of audit engagements.
Will is a recent OSU graduate with a bachelor of science in accounting and business administration. He is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA).
Vacant, Executive Assistant
For questions and scheduling please contact Janet Ekholm at (541) 737-5105.